legislative scholarships

Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (HB 3810) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.

The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.

Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said the waiver program is outdated.

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.